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Our Team 2017-11-20T22:42:17+00:00

Committed to Families & Community

We pride ourselves on hiring the best, most highly qualified and experienced team of educators to support our very diverse student needs.  We highly regard certifications, experiences, sense of humor and passion to impact kids’ academic and emotional growth.

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OUR DIRECTORS

Brenda LaneBrenda Lane
I am a fourth generation educator and have spent the last 22 years as a teacher, administrator and District leader. I completed my Master’s degree with the University of Colorado at Denver in Administration, Leadership and Policy where I moved on to administration in schools overseas at the American International School of Costa Rica and in Colorado School Districts.

I design the Learning Adventures that truly ignite your child’s desire to learn.

Adriana SantacolomaAdriana Santacoloma
I have spent my entire professional career (33+ years) working in schools as a teacher, administrator and school District leader. ​I am committed to the success of kids, academically, socially, and emotionally. I have worked with parents for many years answering questions they may have about their child’s education and coaching them to successful navigation of school district policy and school procedures.

I completed my Master’s degree with the University of Colorado at Denver in Administration, Leadership and Policy Studies.

OUR TEAM

Acadia
AcadiaTutor
Secondary Math, Sciences, ACT, SAT

Acadia is currently a student at University of Colorado: Denver. Prior to this, he worked as a Denver Math Fellows at the Denver Institute for International Studies at Montebello where he taught and tutored 9th grade math in small groups.

Acadia earned his BA in mathematics at Whittier College in California where he was awarded several fellowships for his work in math. When not working or in class, you can find him running, climbing, or bouldering.

Alexandra
AlexandraTutor
Math K-8, Dyslexia Reading Support

Alexandra is a K-8th grade Math and Literacy tutor. She attended CU with a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education, and is a Colorado licensed teacher. She is passionate about involving students in their learning, and helps students build confidence in their abilities. She uses hands on, multi-modal strategies and has experience as an interventionist and a classroom teacher. In her free time, she enjoys skydiving, snowboarding, and other outdoor adventures.
Amanda
AmandaTutor
Secondary Science and Math
4-12 Reading and Writing

​Amanda currently co-teaches science at the International School at Thornton Middle, while also a cohort member of the Boettcher Teacher Residency. She holds a B.S in Marine Biology and Religious Studies. Taking on numerous research opportunities, she has worked with scientists at WHOI and USGS to understand corals as an indicator for climate change. After her position as Scientific Officer at the Korallion Lab in the Maldives, she came back to the United States with a desire to teach science. She joined Scubanauts International as a Scientist Educator, where she taught students marine-oriented chemistry, physics, and biology in conjunction with diving research expeditions. She has experience with teaching STEM at a Montessori program and privately tutoring students in language arts, math, science, and Spanish. Amanda is passionate about her students becoming proactive masters of organization and leaders of their own learning.
Andi
AndiTutor
High School Math, Sciences, ACT & SAT Prep

Andrea (also goes by Andi) is currently a medical student at the University of Colorado. She grew up and attended High School in Dallas. She then came to Boulder, CO for her undergrad at CU.

After graduating, she worked for a few years in molecular genetics research, then continued on to graduate school at CU Denver where she received an M.S. degree in Biology. Andrea has taken the SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT, and has previously tutored students in ACT, SAT, and MCAT.

“I love teaching and besides test prep, I have taught undergraduate physiology, biology, and molecular genetics courses. When I’m not studying, I like to run and be active or do something artistic.”​

Angie
AngieTutor
Learning Lab Facilitator, Literacy K-12

Angie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science in Human Resource Education, with an emphasis in instructional design. While attending U of L, she got her start in educational program building as an instructional technology coordinator at the University of Kentucky. During this time, Angie was a tutor for a large organization dedicated to community literacy and learning. She then moved west from Lexington, Kentucky to New Mexico, and later Denver, to further pursue her instructional design career. Today, Angie facilitates focused homework time and other learning activities in the eXL Learning Lab. She also provides one-on-one tutoring in Reading/Writing and Language Arts. In her free time. Angie loves playing with her two dogs and cat, reading, writing, exploring new restaurants, and walking around the city (say hello if you see her!).
Brianne
BrianneTutor
Reading/Math K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Brianne has been teaching in schools around the Denver Metro for the past four years. She has worked with grades K-3 and is currently a first grade teacher. She is also certified in Orton-Gillingham and uses this instructional method on a daily basis to help second-language learners thoroughly understand the phonetic code of English.

Brianne is passionate about helping her students to read and to write. In her spare time, Brianne loves to see the beautiful things happening in Denver with her husband.

Cecilia
CeciliaLearning Facilitator
Homework Help, Math ​K-7

Cecilia is a native of Colorado. She Graduated from Metropolitan State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Minor in Reading. She also has a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Colorado Denver. She Retired from Denver Public Schools in 2012 after serving the district for 24 years, teaching 5th grade most of my career and also as a math intervention teacher for 6th-8th grade. I enjoy doing activities with my family on the weekends and bowling with my husband during the week. ​Cecilia runs the exl learning lab after school ensuring that kids get their homework done right the first time and ready to hand in.
Chris
ChrisTutor
Secondary Math, Physics, Test Prep

Chris has been a secondary math teacher in North Carolina since 2010, where he coached the competitive Mathcounts team, ran a school fantasy sports math club, and coached the school’s lacrosse team. Living in Denver now, Chris is pursuing a career as a professional banjo player!

He loves helping learners break through barriers and exceed their own expectations, so he’s now tutoring all varieties of math from middle school to Calculus, Test Prep, and Physics.

Clea
CleaHomeschool Resources Director
Writing Tutor

Clea Edelblute, Homeschool Resources Director, provides outreach to homeschoolers and serves as a liaison between exl learning educators and homeschooling families. She is a homeschooling mom, published writer, and licensed teacher. She recognizes that homeschooling families are looking to “hack school,” building a unique program for their unique kid. Her own kids attend Denver Options, take other classes in the Denver metro area, and unschool. Clea is here to help you figure out your homeschooling plan while satisfying Colorado State homeschool law. And I will help our teachers understand how homeschoolers fly a little bit differently.
Hannah
HannahTutor
Reading, Writing, Math K-5

​Hannah is a first grade teacher with a love of authentic, exciting learning! She believes learning is messy, silly, and that kids are the most natural learners of us all. She hopes to always inspire kids to tap into their natural curiosity and wonder, so they find the joy in learning for themselves and become lifelong learners. When she is not at school, she loves to read, hike with her husband and two dogs, try to grow something other than weeds in her garden, and explore all the fun Denver has to offer.
Heather
HeatherTutor
Early Childhood Specialist

​Heather is a preschool program coordinator and teacher. She attended Pepperdine University and graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and a multiple subject teaching credential in 2010. She taught public elementary school for four years in Thousand Oaks, CA and for one year in Denver. She has a passion for hands-on, project-based learning and a love of sports and the outdoors.
Katie
KatieTutor
Elementary Math and Reading

Katie is an Elementary School teacher serving the Far Northeast region of Denver Public Schools. She has experience teaching students from 1st grade to 6th grade and loves reading and math! She has been passionate about reading her entire life and received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. She then graduated from University of California with a Master’s Degree in Education. In her free time she loves to travel to anywhere with an ocean or to be spending time with her family and two dogs, Molly and Henry.
Kiyoma
KiyomaTutor
All Sciences, ACT, SAT, PSAT 10, MCAT

Kiyomi currently works in sports medicine research at Children’s Hospital Colorado, applying an academic lens to the injuries she once treated as a Ski Patroller at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Prior to moving to the Rocky Mountains she studied Social Studies at Harvard University, focusing on medical anthropology and the experience of health care in America. While in college, she was an active outdoor leader, peer adviser, and dancer. She is available to tutor all sciences, ACT, SAT, and MCAT.
Lisa
LisaTutor
Educational Consultant and Diagnostician

Lisa has a passion for all things related to brains, behavior and kids! She has extensive training in neuropsychological and developmental assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with learning disabilities, cognitive, social and behavioral difficulties. She is skilled in building rapport with her students and families, and in collaborating with other professionals to ensure a proper range of care is provided to each individual. Lisa is committed to providing empirically-based intervention, while making a genuine connection with children and families. Lisa received her M.A. in Child Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver and her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time outside with her dogs and teaching skiing.
Mari
MariTutor
Reading K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Mari Martin is a native to the west slope of Colorado. She recently moved to Denver to be near family and take on the role of part-time Granny-Nanny to her new baby granddaughter. She lived on the eastern slope in the distance past when she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. Mari spent the last 35 years involve in Early Childhood Education in Dolores, Colorado. When her three children were preschool age Mari opened The Children’s House Preschool, and served as the school’s director. During this time she returned to school for her Elementary Education Teacher Certification. The success of the preschool landed her a position with Colorado State University, working on a five-year research grant targeting preschool-aged children and their parents. She wrote the DARE to be You Preschool Children’s Curriculum and The Ute Mountain Ute ABC Book, both published by CSU. From there she entered the classroom at Dolores Elementary School and taught K-2 for the past 23 years. She was trained early in her teaching career in the Spalding Method, a precursor to the Orton-Gillingham Method. Mari completed her Orton-Gillingham training with Ron Yoshimoto, Hawaii Department of Education’s Statewide Special Education Literacy Resource Teacher Trainer, in both basic OG and Morphology. Her training also includes certification from The International Readers Theater Institute, which she attended in Montreal, Canada.
Michael
MichaelTutor
Secondary Chemistry, Physics & Math

Michael is currently working at Lockheed Martin as a System Safety Engineer on the GOES Program. He has a wife that is currently a Family Medicine Resident at Rose and two dogs. Michael went to school at Texas A&M University (Whoop!) where he graduated with a B.S in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Chemistry. If you can’t tell, he loves chemistry! When he is not working or tutoring, Michael is hiking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, or just enjoying the outdoors during all seasons. Michael is available to tutor Math, Chemistry, and Physics.
Meryl
MerylTutor
Math K-8, Reading-Lang Arts Middle School

Meryl is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has worked as a sixth grade math teacher for the past few years at a Denver charter school. Before she entered education, she worked as an engineer in Richmond, Virginia where she designed municipal water systems. She also spent a year teaching English in a village in beautiful Costa Rica. When Meryl isn’t teaching, she likes to ski with her husband and spend time with her wonderful son, Ian.
Nabil
NabilTutor
High School Math, SAT, ACT, PSAT 10

Nabil is currently a high school math teacher in Denver Public Schools, and has taught in schools from New York City, where he earned his Masters in Education, Michigan, where he grew up and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Summit County, where he became a certified ski and snowboard coach. He has taught in the classroom since 2006 and has tutored students for over fifteen years in subject levels ranging from elementary through college. Whether he is teaching tricks in the terrain park or test-taking strategies, Nabil most enjoys seeing his students gain confidence in their abilities and develop a love of learning.
Nathan
NathanTutor
STEM

Nathan is a teacher of middle and high school technology at an APS charter. He has a passion for STEM education that extends to his own 3 children. He is also a musician who can be found most weekends playing various instruments at gigs around town. When not playing music or teaching, Nathan likes to hang with his family, cook, and work on his house.

Acadia earned his BA in mathematics at Whittier College in California where he was awarded several fellowships for his work in math. When not working or in class, you can find him running, climbing, or bouldering.

Sarah
SarahTutor
Reading/Math K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Sarah is a 2nd grade teacher in Denver and is originally from Overland Park, Kansas. In 2013, she received her Bachelors in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics from Emporia State University. Soon after, she and her husband moved to Denver where they enjoy easy access to adventures like rock climbing, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. They love to spend time in the mountains with their dog, Gipson.

Sarah completed her Masters in Education from Regis University and became a licensed Reading Specialist. She currently heads the Literacy Committee at her school and tutors students in reading skills. In addition, she has completed an intensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction and incorporates this daily into whole group and small group classroom instruction as well as one-on-one tutoring. She is excited to continue her passion for the teaching of reading at eXL Learning!

Shannon
ShannonTutor
Elementary Reading, Math, Spanish

​Shannon is a Denver native with a BA degree in Spanish from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and MA in Urban Education from the University of Denver. After living in different parts of the country, she returned to Denver in 2003 and began her teaching career. She has taught in English and in Spanish. Shannon has received training and certification in Guided Reading Plus, a reading intervention modeled after Reading Recovery. Currently, she works as an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language), teaching students in grades kindergarten through fifth. When she is not working with her students, she enjoys gardening, road trips, and spending time with her teenage son and their golden retriever.
Stephanie B.
Stephanie B.Tutor
Reading/Math K-6, OG Reading Specialist for Dyslexia

Stephanie is a South Carolina native with a Special and Elementary Education degree from Anderson University. Prior to moving to Denver, Stephanie taught elementary and middle school students at a national recognized model school from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) in Columbia, South Carolina. There she was able to obtain her Orton-Gillingham certification while working under many OG Fellows. Her husband’s Family Medicine Residency moved them to Denver, Colorado in May of 2015. She spent time working for Aurora Public Schools before she joined the eXL Learning team. Colorado has quickly become home and you can find her exploring the beautiful state with her husband and dog when she’s not tutoring!
Stephanie S.
Stephanie S.Tutor
Elementary Reading, Math K-6

Stephanie is a Denver native and Denver Public Schools graduate. She attended University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified to teach children from birth to 6th grade. Stephanie currently teaches at Denver Jewish Day School in 2nd Grade. During the summer, she works for a variety of summer camps where her passion of teaching outdoor skills and a love for nature is fulfilled. When not tutoring, she is reading, snuggling with her kitten, hiking, or kayaking​.
Veronica
VeronicaTutor
Reading and Writing K-8

​Veronica comes from a family of teachers and started volunteering in classrooms as a child. Born in California, she attended the University of California: Santa Cruz, where she was a writing tutor for 3 years. After completing her bachelor’s, she continued at her university to obtain her master’s degree in education and her teaching credential in elementary education. After completing her student teaching in California, she moved to Denver to begin her teaching career. She worked with Denver Public Schools before joining the eXL team. She enjoys hiking, road trips, and working on her own writing projects in her spare time!
Will
WillTutor
K-12 Academic coaching, Language Arts, Reading, Writing

Will, a Denver native, has a BA in Religion and Psychology from Bowdoin College in Maine and first taught in South Africa during his semester abroad in 2012. Captivated by the work, he went on to teach in Maine, Denver, Thailand, and, most recently, Laos. He spent the previous year in Laos’ capital, Vientiane, as a teacher at the National University of Laos and the American Embassy, an opportunity provided by a Fulbright grant.

An avid lover of books, Will spends much of his free time reading. He also loves chess, traveling, the outdoors, and music. Next year, he hopes to attend graduate school to study Buddhism. He aims to become a teacher, either at the secondary or post-secondary level

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